In the race race for the mayor of Jerusalem, right-wing candidate Moshe Leon defeated his independent rival Ofer Berkowitz and finished second in 51.46% to 48.54%. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) called to congratulate Aryeh and MK Moshe Gafni (Degel Hatorah) danced and sang with the victor.
Leon, the accountant and director-general of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, will become mayor of Jerusalem, and in 2013 Leon ran for mayor as Likud candidate against Nir Barkat and won 45 percent of the vote. Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin, who was eliminated in the first round.
In these elections, the deep rift in the ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem was exposed to the Hassidic wing (Agudath Israel) which did not approve of Leon, while the Lithuanian-haredim (Degel Hatorah) supported Aryeh.
Leon's party did not win one seat on the council, so it was very difficult to create the work of forming the coalition.
Berkowitz, who led the vote by majority vote, said: "The result was not good, but gives the foundations of hope for a new Israel."
The mayor of Ramat Gan, Yisrael Singer, was defeated by former MK Carmel Shama Cohen and then Mayor Tzvi Tzur, who lost with Raz Kinstlich. In Maalot Tarshiha, veteran mayor Shlomo Buhbut, who has served for more than 40 years, Lost to Arcadi Pomerantz.
Posted on November 14, 2018
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